Dan Walters

California has faltered in keeping some types of jobs

California's economy is recovering from its worst recession since the Great Depression…

 

Democrats clash with Jerry Brown on budget

It was oh-so-polite, but an initial airing of Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed…

 

The north-south fight in California extends to Legislature leadership

When the Los Angeles Dodgers play the San Francisco Giants in the…

 

Achievement-gap debate reaching peak

Years — even decades — of intense academic and political debate over…

Uneven economic recovery was state’s biggest political story of 2013

The biggest political story in California this year didn’t happen in the…

Release of twin tunnels plan touches off a fierce battle about delta

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration released two massive documents earlier this week detailing…

Brown’s school finance overhaul sparks infighting over details

Gov. Jerry Brown’s landmark overhaul of public schools’ finances was aimed at…

Gov. Brown’s state forecast is ridiculously rosy

The term rarely arises in the state Capitol, being a little too…

State tax credit marred by scandal, facts

By Dan Walters The term "rent-seeking" entered the economic lexicon in the…

California’s courts system feels budget constraints

When California voters passed a multibillion-dollar sales- and income-tax increase last year,…

Bullet train a test of Jerry Brown’s integrity

California Gov. Jerry Brown demonstrated this year that he's willing to skate…

Dysfunctional L.A. election is a warning to state

They held an election in California’s largest city last week, more or…

State demographic shift fuels voters’ blue streak

This wasn’t your father’s electorate, much less your grandfather’s. Even as California’s…

Simpler rules could solve campaign disclosure woes

Let’s begin with the bedrock principle that voters deserve full disclosure of…

State’s cities are on fiscal edge, firm says

So far this year, three California cities have filed for bankruptcy protection,…

Bond debt threatens to drown state’s finances

For decades, it’s been the California Legislature’s practice to ask voters every…

Public pensions may be at risk in bankruptcies

The public pension-reform legislation that the California Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown…

Redevelopment efforts could lurch from grave

Redevelopment is dead — or so proclaimed Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators…

Fast-track legislators stall on reform

A late-blooming, business-backed drive to significantly alter the 42-year-old California Environmental Quality…

State Senate panels are wasting time and money

The Sacramento Bee published a lengthy article recently about the proliferation of…